Today, I have a simple project for you—how to repair a garden hose. How many times have you had a piece of hose that was ruined? Maybe by the lawnmower? I like to buy high quality hoses and throwing them out when they need repair is senseless. I have been repairing my hoses off and on over the years and I want to make sure that you know what’s available and how easy it is to repair a damaged garden hose.
Recently as I was cleaning out the wood shed I found several damaged water hoses. Maybe you would have thrown them out, but not ME! Repairing a garden hose is pretty easy.
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How To Repair A Garden Hose
Materials to repair a damaged garden hose
A cup of warm water
Step 1 Inspect the garden hose
Take a good look at your old garden hose to see if it is worth saving. Look closely to make sure there are no small holes. Determine if the good portion of the hose is long enough to be useful.
I was in the middle of repairing this damaged hose and realized that I should have cut the hose several more inches further down. I had to start over again.
Step 2 Cut Off Damaged Portion of Hose
Carefully cut the garden hose with your utility knife. If you have a sharp blade in your knife this should be a very easy task. A dull blade makes accidents happen when trying to hard to cut objects.
Step 3 Determine whether you need a male or female repair part
The good end of this hose has a working female end, so the repair I’ll be making will use the male end.
Step 4 Slide Sleeve onto Hose End
Loosen screws on sleeve and slide it over the end of the hose you are repairing.
Step 5 Soak Garden Hose in Warm Water
Soaking the end of the hose in warm water will make it easier to insert the hose fitting.
Step 6 Insert Proper Hose Fitting
The fit will be tight. The image on the left shows that the hose fitting is not fully inserted into the hose. Grasp the hose tightly and tap, tap, tap it onto a surface such as a piece of wood to get the fitting properly seated in place.
Step 7 Replace Sleeve over Hose Fitting
You may have to loosen the screws a little more to slide the sleeve over the hose fitting.
Step 8 Tighten Screws on Repair Sleeve
Using a phillips screwdriver hand tighten the screws equally, switching from one side to the other as you tighten. NOTE: depending on the size of your garden hose you may not need to tighten the sleeve completely.
There may be a small gap in the hose repair sleeve.
This kit also came with a hose repair kit where you could attach two pieces of a hose together. You know—if you accidently run over the middle of your hose with the lawn mower!!!
Garden Hose Tips
The kit I bought is plastic. Brass options are available at a premium price.
When storing your garden hose for long periods of time, try to spill out as much water as you can.
If your garden hose has kinks and is difficult to handle, stretch it out in the sun to soften it and make it more manageable.
When using a very long hose, unwind it before turning on the water.
Turn the hose off and empty it before winding it back up. (A hose full of water is very heavy)
For small patio areas and watering plants a Pocket Hose is a good option.
This is another option for repairing a garden hose. You can use a small automobile hose clamp.
related content: DIY Hose Hanger
I hope this information was helpful, and that you’ve read it BEFORE you tossed out that old damaged garden hose. Have you repaired a garden hose?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.